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The new season is just around the corner and that means building your new winter wardrobe. However, I know guys will want to limit how much they fork out and keep the hours spent shopping at a low.

Men often overlook grooming, but you’d be surprised by how much it can change and enhance your appearance, breathing new life into your existing wardrobe and giving you a confidence boost.

Most men complain that they are not getting results from their grooming. If you are more of a wash-and-go guy who uses the nearest bar of soap as a shampoo, facial wash and body gel, well, you cannot expect very much. If your cabinet is full but you still do not notice any change, you need to check that you are using the right products for your skin type. Men’s skin is thicker, oilier and more resilient but it still needs care, and no two individuals’ skin will be exactly the same. If you want it to look healthy you need to equip yourself with products suited to your exact needs. For example, if you use a light, oil-free moisturiser on dry skin, you probably won’t get the kind of hydration your skin requires.

The best way to find out your skin type is by having a professional facial where you ask the therapist questions about your skin and what products will work best for it. You will walk away charged with information that can literally transform your grooming routine and save you from shelling out a fortune on unsuitable products. Skin changes and reacts to treatments so visits to your therapist every 4-6 weeks are recommended.

Once you have identified the products you need, you can boost the work done by your face wash and moisturiser by ex-foliating once a week. This helps to remove dead skin cells and will immediately make your skin look brighter.

However, be careful not to go overboard as you do not want to aggravate the skin. Just a gentle weekly scrub will be sufficient. For deep cleansing, a clay face-mask will vacuum up grease and grime. This is also recommended once a week, straight after your skin scrub. If you lack commitment, luckily, both the ex-foliation and mask are part of a facial reason to find your trusted therapist.

Your grooming tools are the next things that will benefit from a spring clean. Many men throw away their blades thinking that they are blunt when they are actually full of grease, grime, stubble clippings and skin debris. Keeping blades free of gunk will extend the life of your razor. Beard trimmers are notoriously messy but newer ones like Remington’s new Vacuum Beard amp Grooming Kit solves this by sucking up the clippings as you shave and storing them away in an easy-to-empty chamber.

Combs and hairbrushes, nail brushes, tweezers, and moustache combs will also benefit from a weekly clean, and will probably keep your respective others much more satisfied at the tidier state of the bathroom. The best way to do this is to simply rinse them in some sterilizing fluid or good old-fashioned soap.

What makes a man is his hairy ruggedness but there is a fine line between attractive and off-putting. In most cases hair on arms and legs isn’t a problem but you want to keep your chest and back hair under control. Trimming with an electronic device, laser-hair removal, and waxing are most effective. Nose and ear hair is another thing to avoid, and not only something older men have to worry about. Pay attention to this and keep it trim.

Regular visits to the barber are great for that clean-cut look, and help you to maintain a style suited to your look. You can also transform your face using facial hair, adding definition to a soft face or ruggedness to a childish one. Facial hair is a favourite of the ladies so visit your barber every two weeks to maintain the shape.

Shaving bumps not only work against your sleek look, they are also uncomfortable so when shaving, avoid using hot water as this can over-dry skin, although putting a hot flannel on your face before shaving, will open up pores. Don’t press too hard on your skin with the razor, as this irritates and for a super-smooth, close, clean shave apply a little shaving oil under your shaving foam, cream or gel. After shaving, aloe vera gel works wonders as a soothing balm, whether or not you have trouble with spots.

One spritz of the right fragrances ends out a message that you value individuality, exclusivity and craftsmanship, and that you are a gentleman and connoisseur.

Heavier, more complex scents are appropriate for winter particularly those that include warm, woody and leathery tones, for an earthy, masculine perspective. If you prefer your fragrances slightly punchier, musky fragrances with spices like violet and jasmine, are classic and sophisticated, and can be worn all year round. Others worth a sniff are sporty, fragrances packed with citrus or floral tones with a wood or tobacco base to man them up.

Men deserve to be pampered too, and with these tips and tricks you can ensure a slick look, with very little fuss.

Source : The Herald